Stuff co.nz 10 December 2014
Maori women are more likely to become assault victims than other New Zealanders, police data shows.
Recorded crime victim statistics, recently released by police, showed about one in five assault victims in the last four months was a Maori woman. Yet they make up just 7 per cent of the population.
A family member, such as a partner, ex-partner, parent or sibling, was the most likely person to carry out the assault.
The figures, previously only available to police and some policy makers, show the various permutations of crime and its victims.
For Europeans, Asians and Indians, men were more likely to be assaulted than women, but for Pacific Islanders and Maori, women were more likely to be victims.
Family violence rates for Pacific Islanders were almost double those of Europeans and Asians. Maori were not far behind.